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Monsters Clash with Crunch in Syracuse

In the third of four meetings between the two teams this season, the Cleveland Monsters, affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, drop the puck vs. the Syracuse Crunch, AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning, on Friday with full coverage, live from Onondaga County War Memorial Arena in Syracuse, NY, underway at 7:00 pm on Alt 99.1, AHLTV and the Monsters Hockey Network.

MONSTERS PRE-SCOUT: Following a 2-3 road loss to the Belleville Senators on Wednesday, the Cleveland Monsters enter tonight’s game at 17-14-4-1 on the season. With 39 points, the Monsters currently rank fifth in the AHL’s North Division standings and tenth in the Eastern Conference. Cleveland is led in scoring by LW Nathan Gerbe (9-20-29), C Zac Dalpe (15-13-28)  and C Mark Letestu (10-12-22).

CRUNCH PRE-SCOUT: In the wake of a 0-4 road loss to the Binghamton Devils on Wednesday, the Syracuse Crunch enter tonight’s game at 21-11-2-0 on the season. With 44 points, the Crunch currently rank second in the AHL’s North Division standings and fourth in the Eastern Conference. Syracuse is led in scoring by C Carter Verhaeghe (15-25-40), RW Cory Conacher (14-24-38) and C Alex Barre-Boulet (16-17-33).

SEASON SERIES: Friday marks the third of four meetings between the Monsters and Crunch this season and the first of two tilts between the two teams at Onondaga County War Memorial Arena this year. Cleveland shows a 1-1-0-0 record vs. Syracuse both overall and on the road with a -1 goal differential (7/8) so far this season.

 

 

MONSTERS GOALTENDERS

39 Brad Thiessen
OVERALL:     

7 GP, (3-2-1), 0 SO, 3.23 GAA, .884 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(22/26) in 1-5 L vs UTI 1/6/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD: N/A
ON THE ROAD:     

2 GP, (0-1-1), 0 SO, .829 S%

 

80 Matiss Kivlenieks
OVERALL:     

10 GP, (3-2-1), 1 SO, 3.31 GAA, .888 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:      (27/31) in 0-4 L vs ROC 12/26/18
HEAD-TO-HEAD:

1 GP, (1-0-0), 0 SO, 2.00 GAA, .931 S%

ON THE ROAD:     

 3 GP, (2-0-0), 1 SO, .957 S%

 

CRUNCH GOALTENDERS

39 Connor Ingram
OVERALL:     

14 GP, (9-5-0), 4 SO, 2.44 GAA, .920 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(40/42) in 3-2 SOW at LV 12/21/18

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

N/A

AT HOME:     

8 GP, (4-4-0), 1 SO, .883 S%

 

51 Martin Ouellette
OVERALL:     

15 GP, (9-5-0), 1 SO, 3.06 GAA, .906 S%

LAST APPEARANCE:     

N/A

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

N/A

AT HOME:     

 N/A

 

80 Eddie Pasquale
OVERALL:     

20 GP, (12-6-2), 0 SO, 2.70 GAA, .903 S%  

LAST APPEARANCE:     

(6/9) in 0-4 L at BNG 1/9/19

HEAD-TO-HEAD:     

2 GP, (1-0-1), 0 SO, 3.40 GAA, .908 S%

AT HOME:     

 8 GP, (7-1-0), 0 SO, .917 S%

 

 

KEYS TO SUCCESS:

  • FLIP THE SCRIPT: The Monsters are currently in the midst of their longest winless streak of the season, a stretch of four consecutive games (0-3-0-1) without a victory.
  • CUT OFF CARTER: On Friday, the Monsters will need to neutralize Syracuse C Carter Verhaeghe, one of only three AHL skaters with at least 40 points to his credit so far this season (40 PTS, 3rd). Verhaeghe also ranks in the AHL’s top-four in power-play assists (14, 4th), power-play points (19, T3rd) and assists (25, 3rd).
  • CONSISTENT CLENDO: Cleveland D Adam Clendening has been a steady contributor offensively this season and is scoring at a better than point-per-game pace in his last ten appearances for the Monsters (1-10-11).